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DJ Screw

After spending most of the 1990s as an infamous local phenomenon in Houston, TX, DJ Screw suddenly found himself gaining sudden notoriety before his unfortunate death in late 2000. The Houston DJ made a name for himself primarily because of his uncanny mixing style, which found him pitching down his records to a lumbering and quite eerie pace. Over the course of the '90s, what began as novelty actually became a rather lucrative venture for Screw, who produced hundreds of mix tapes, with some estimates projecting his total number of tapes topping over a thousand; furthermore, he sold the tapes at his Houston-based record store, Screwed Up Records and Tapes. Oddly enough, he preferred to release his mixes almost exclusively on cassette, though fans often recorded the mixes and traded them via the Internet; in addition, countless "screwed" remixes of popular rap anthems were widely available on Napster thanks to his cultish following.

Yet it's hard to imagine Screw's legacy being what it is if not for his role as an adamant advocate of "syrup sippin'," a Southern rap phenomenon involving codeine-infused cough syrup -- the resulting intoxication induces a hallucinatory state where everything slows down and becomes the senses swirl. As marijuana was to early-'90s gangsta rap, LSD was to late-'60s psychedelic rock, ecstasy was to late-'80s rave -- and so on -- the syrup sippin' advocated by Screw's trippy hip-hop mixes led to a small drug movement within the late-'90s Dirty South genre, reaching its zenith with Three 6 Mafia's hit "Sippin' on Some Syrup" in 2000. It's hard to deny that this phenomenon wasn't as important to Screw's popularity as his music was (especially considering some of his tape titles: Syrup & Soda, Syrup Sippers, Sippin' Codeine, etc.) Still, Screw did serve as a leader for Houston's burgeoning rap scene; his home studio, The Screw Shop, functioned as the home base for what was loosely referred to as the Screwed Up Click, including semi-successful rappers such as Big Pokey and Lil' Keke, along with about 30 others were known locally.

Ironically, when Screw was found dead in his studio of a fatal heart attack at the tender age of 30 on the morning of November 16, 2000, the Houston Chronicle published a story stating that police suspected Screw of overdosing on the same syrup that he so adamantly advocated. Weeks later the theory proved valid, making the artist the victim of his own self-promoted phenomenon. More unfortunate, though, was the loss of Screw to Houston's fledging scene, which seemed on the verge of being nationally recognized as a Southern rap mecca. His legacy lived on, though, since his trademark mixing style was by no means exclusive, as countless imitators had arisen in the South by the time of his death, the most noteworthy being the Swisha House and Beltway 8 record labels. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Soldiers United 4 Cash: Platinum Edition (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Conversation With Screw

2. So Real

3. Lost In The Hood

4. Fifteens Stutter

5. One Hundred

6. Do What You Wanna Do

7. Flip Freestyle From Movie

8. On The Southside

9. CD's & LP's

10. Don't Call My Phone

11. Shine And Recline

12. Get Ready

13. Outro: Mama Screw Speech

14. Southside Choppin (Original Version)

Disc 2

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Philly love to big Texas
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banging screw all day everyday. listening to that No Time For Bullshit tape right now
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Bangin screw all day rip screw
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BANG SCREW AT WILL!!!!!
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R.I.P to the greatest Dj Screw
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R.I.P. 2 The Legend Tru King of The Sour.
Robert Earl Davis, AKA D.J. SCREW
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Oklahoma born texas raised rip DJ SCREW love for that homie Lawton rapper check him out Mexican rapper
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suc n**gas
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Bangin Screw
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Louisiana born but Texas raised !
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Dead End ✌born Cloverland raise �� screw
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S.U.C TILL THE DAY I DIE
R.I.P Robert Earl Davis
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I still remember the first screw song i ever heard. I was 10-11 and my cousin was jamming 25 lighters by dmd. The tape had just came out. This i think was like 93-95. Can't remember. But literally screw is all ive jammed since i heard that.
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insta@ tabor512
Austin Texas fo lifee
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Dj screw man ur music is the best screw music I ever heard... R.I.P Davis Dj screw #freeSPM
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My name is Kimberly LaTrice Allen, and I'm a Screwhead... . t i l the death of me. Love u Robert Davis. You impacted my life so much even though I've never met you personally. Love u Mayne.
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R.I.P DJ SCREW U ARE TRULY MISS
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I been a screw head since 92 and still is.
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#Scewed up for lif3
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H town changed to screwstown the day he was gone
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MAN THE FIRST TIME I LISTENED TO SCREW WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. ME AND MY BOYS WERE PARTYING AND ONE OF THEM SAID YOU GOT TO LISTEN TO THIS MAN. HE PUT THE TAPE IN AND THATS WAS A RAPP BRATHA. R.I.P. SCREW AND THE REST IS HTOWN HISTORY !!!
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Am...musical hoe.. Leon.. Mother fighting hard... I always won.



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P**a you couldn't even see me talking bout ain't that chewy from the TV. #RIPScrew #FreeSPM
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Screw Head till I'm dead and gone
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Screwed up fo life
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screwed up like 4 flats bar promethazine IH10 GANGSTAS
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DJ SCREW 4 LIFE* TILL I DIE. Tha best of tha best!
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SCREW TILL I DIE IH 10 HALLA RIP SCREW
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gtkersey
I been listen to screw for 18 years now and it still bang harder than this new bullshit they play on the radio biting his style without paying respect. Screwed up til I die - love you Screw!
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Dj screw Tha originator r.i.p. No one can do it like u mane.
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RIP TO MA N**GA SCREW. H TOWN REPPIN 4 LIFE.
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Tip it up!
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Love and respect Texas made 817
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R.I.P Screw. Tx made....936
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15 years ago R.I.P R.E.D
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RIP Robert Earl Davis
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Texas made 817
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3rd ward rip screw
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R.I.P DJ SCREW s.u. c 4 life dj screw made the best music ever
s**t dj screw dead RI.P
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Reppin 713 eastside H-town
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Still living through his music a legacy!
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R.I.P DJ Screw
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RIP THE Greatest
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r.i.p. D.J. sCrew
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Rip king of the south Dj Screw
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R.i.p DJ SCREW
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R.I.P. DJ SCREW
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Pass it on right and don't choke batman out
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Have a better life
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